Grid Junction 1.6 Released

by Chris Ratner on April 22, 2011 · 7 comments

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Grid JunctionAlexander Kent has just released an update to the popular Grid Junction add-in for Windows Home Server v1. Head on over to HomeServerLand to download the latest version, or simply open up your WHS console and click the Download Now button on the New Version banner.

What’s new in version 1.6:

  • Various UPS device support improvement and fixes (see supported list)
  • Improved existing communication protocols
  • New expert feature to sleep/hibernate or standby the server instead of shutdown
  • New expert debug mode toggle
  • User interface enhancements and fixes
  • Improved update checking and product feedback based on Add-in Central technologies

If you’re unfamiliar with this add-in, I’ve personally been using it for a good year now and I’m happy to report it works remarkably well. The interface is clean and relatively intuitive for the WHS novice. If you don’t already have a Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) for your home server, I encourage you to consider adding one and using Grid Junction to monitor and control how the UPS responds during an outage. Doing so will ensure your home server gracefully shuts down, avoiding file corruption and data loss which could render your WHS inoperable. I personally use the APC BE550G 330 watt UPS to shut down my WHS and keep my primary PC live for a few extra minutes.  A quick price check shows that this UPS is currently $57.99 with free shipping from Newegg.com. Of course, this UPS may be more or less backup power than you need, so check your power requirements before making a purchase.





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I'm a technology enthusiast who loves to tinker on the weekends. My house is filled with tech, including a WHS v1 used for general file storage and DVD/BD streaming to the various XBOX and Windows 7 receivers around my home. I also play around with home automation using an ISY 99i and various Smarthome Insteon plugs and switches. There never seems to be enough time on the weekends to get to everything on my list. :-)


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Alexander Kent April 25, 2011 at 11:28 am

Thanks Chris, we hope people find it useful and hope to follow suit with a little helper app later in the week ;-)

Eidos April 25, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Grid Junction is one of the best add-ins out there. I have used it for several years and I have it set up to email my cell phone when one of my servers goes on battery power. I love this add-in. Congratulations Alexander on the great job. Well done!

Cavediver April 28, 2011 at 8:20 am

I can’t get 1.6 to install. I get a error code 1603 which says the service is already installed.

Alex Kuretz April 28, 2011 at 10:05 am

Did the previous version uninstall cleanly? You can try manually removing via add/remove programs and then use the Add-In cleanup tool to remove the WHS entries. You can also send me the Additions.log file if you want me to take a look.

Cavediver April 28, 2011 at 10:09 am

Alex,

It appears to have uninstalled cleanly. I went through the registry and there were no GJ entries. There was no GJ entries in the add/remove programs section of the control panel. I renamed the GJ dll and ran sc delete GridJunctionService from the run command, restarted the server a couple of times but still can’t install 1.6. I also tried re-installing 1.5.1, but it fails also.

Cavediver April 28, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Actually, v1.5.1 did not uninstall correctly. The GJ service was still running and the GJ .exe was still installed in the KentDome Technologies folder in Program files. I stopped the service and deleted the .exe and was able to install 1.6. Thanks for your help Alex.

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